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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Vegetable Pulao Recipe | Veg Pulao in Pressure Cooker | Mixed Vegetable Pulao

For Jany's lunch box, weekly once I make Vegetable biryani or Vegetable Pulao. It is an easy to make one pot meal that is nutritious too. This is very similar to the Veg biryani and Vegetable Semiya biryani that I posted earlier. It goes very well with any Non-Veg gravy or Paneer Butter Masala. For the lunch box, I pair it with Potato fry and onion raita. Let us move on to the recipe:
Basmati Rice - 1 Cup 
Onion - 1(Medium sized) 
Green Chilli - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1/2 tsp 
Coriander leaves - a small handful (Kothamalli) 
Mint leaves - a small handful (Pudhina) 
Chopped Vegetables -  1.5 cups(Carrot, Beans, Peas and cauliflower)
To Temper: 
Oil - 1 tsp 
Ghee - 1 tsp 
Fennel seeds - 1/2 tsp 
Star anise - 1 
Cloves - 4 to 5 
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece 
Bay leave - 1
1. Chop the onion, carrot, and beans as required. Slit the green chilies. Clean the cauliflower and put it in boiling water, keep it aside. Soak the basmati rice for half an hour. Clean the coriander and mint leaves. Once everything is ready then we can start preparing the pulao. In a wide pressure cooker pan, add the items under 'To Temper' and allow it to crackle. 
2.  Then add the chopped onions and saute until it turns transparent. Along with this add the slit green chilli and ginger garlic paste. Mix it once, add the chopped mint leaves and coriander leaves. Cook it in low flame. 
3. Then add the chopped veggies. After the veggies are half cooked, add 2 cups of water. 
4. Bring it to boil and add the soaked rice after washing it. Gently mix it once and close the pressure cooker with the lid. Pressure cook it for 2 whistles and switch off the flame. Once the pressure releases, open the lid and fluff the biryani with a fork.
Serve the yummy pulao with onion raita and pappad. I served it with Potato and Broccoli roast, Fish Fry.
Points to remember:
  • Soaking the rice gives longer grains and helps it to cook faster.
  • I used fresh peas hence I have added it directly. If you are using dried peas, then soak it overnight and add it in the biryani along with other veggies.
  • Instead of water, you can cook the rice in thin coconut milk.
  • You can also add other veggies of your preference.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya


  1. Yummy pulao.. I too make this for our lunch box often :)

  2. Pulao looks so yumm .. feeling hungry now

  3. Perfect Lunchbox recipe... luv it...

  4. Easy, healthy and flavorful Divya :) I too am a fan of veg rice or pulav or biriyani. Need just raita to go along with it !


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